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Study Hubs

McGill students can take advantage of re-imagined safe study spaces on campus that are designed for quiet and individual study.

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Service Overview

Beginning September 8, McGill students can take advantage of new Study Hubs — re-imagined safe spaces on campus that are designed for quiet and individual study. These spaces have been retrofitted to allow for physical distancing and follow all of McGill’s careful safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning, mandatory mask use, safe lineups, and clear signage. 

McGill community members can chat with or text a librarian seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. via the virtual reference service.

Hub locations
Take a 360-degree, virtual tour of the spaces

Reserve a spot

- Book one slot per day, up to one week in advance.

- Within the floor that you booked, seating is first-come, first-served. It is not assigned.

- If there are available seats, bookings can be made the day of, up to two hours in advance of the time slot.

- Hubs are open Monday to Friday. Starting January 17, the Redpath Study Hub will also be open on Sundays during the winter 2021 semester.

The following time slots are available for booking:

  • Redpath Library Building, second floor - 11:30 AM to 4:30PM 
  • Redpath Library Building, main floor - 11 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Redpath Library Building, Cyberthèque, ground floor  - 10:30AM to 3:30PM 
  • Nahum Gelber Law Library - 9 AM to noon or 1:30PM to 5:00PM 
  • Macdonald Campus, Barton Building - 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Book a time slot


    What to know before coming to a study hub
      • Please bring your McGill I.D. to gain access to the space. Study hubs are open to current McGill students, staff and instructors. If you are waiting for an appointment to obtain your McGill I.D., please bring another piece of photo ID to the hub, as well as your booking confirmation for the hub.
      • Book your study location and time slot in advance. Users won’t be able to book on behalf of someone else.
      • Users can only book one time slot per day but can book unlimited days per week. There are no drop-in hours.
      • Access to the Cyberthèque and the Law Library second floor is via stairs only (not elevators). 
      • This on-campus activity respects McGill’s careful safety protocols.
      • As per the directives from the Quebec Ministry of Health and McGill's safety protocols, all individuals on our campuses will now be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when in any indoor shared space, including but not limited to classrooms, Teaching and Study Hubs, shared offices, labs, hallways, elevators, and bathrooms.
      • Cleaning will occur between each study period.
      • Please follow all directional and physical distancing signage.
      • Computers, and some seats and furniture have been removed. Please do not move the furniture, it has been organized to respect physical distancing.
      • You may arrive anytime during your booking. Please ensure you leave on time so we have ample time to clean the space for the next student. You may leave before your booking is over. Please exit without lingering or talking with other students. This helps ensure the quiet study and distance protocols are maintained.
      • Choose any available seat on the floor that you reserved. The booking system uses "seat numbers" to track the number of people, however seating is not assigned and these numbers do not correspond to a specific seat.  
      • If you are unable to make your booking, please cancel it. To cancel your booking, click the cancellation link at the bottom of your confirmation email.

      What's available in the study hub? What can I do?
      • Private cubicles and tables are available.
      • Space is for quiet, individual study only. Groups are not permitted. Cell phone conversations and video conferencing are not permitted.
      • McGill community members can also chat or text a librarian seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. via the virtual reference service.
      • Printing using U-Print is available only for students who have booked a timeslot in the Redpath Library or Law Library Study Hub. Drop-in printing is not available.
      • Please feel free to bring a reusable water bottle or other sealed drink containers. Water fountains are available to refill your water bottle but drinking directly from the fountains will not be permitted. Food is not allowed in the Study Hubs.
      • Power sources in the Study Hubs are available. 85% of Redpath Library Building and Law Library spaces are outfitted with outlets at every seat. We recommend that hub users leave home with a fully charged device in case an outlet isn’t available. Charging stations for cellphones and laptops won’t be accessible. Chargers cannot be borrowed from the library.
      • These study spaces are not traditional library spaces. Circulating through the stacks or using common areas is not permitted. McGill students, faculty and staff members who need to borrow a book are to use the McLennan-Redpath Terrace Pickup Service or the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service.

      Do not enter the Study Hub if you:
      • experience any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of smell)
      • have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 during the last 14 days
      • have been traveling outside of Canada in the last 14 days

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What safety measures are in place?

      This on-campus activity respects McGill’s careful safety protocols. These spaces are specifically designed to allow for quiet study in spaces that are retrofitted to allow for physical distancing. Computers and some seats and furniture have been removed. The furniture in the spaces has been adjusted to ensure safe distances. Sanitizing stations are positioned in key areas. Cleaning will occur between each study period. Entrance and exit points will be clearly marked and one way only.

      Do I have to wear a mask?

      As per directives by the Quebec Ministry of Health and McGill University, all individuals on our campuses will now be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when in any indoor shared space, including but not limited to classrooms, Teaching and Study Hubs, shared offices, labs, hallways, elevators, and bathrooms. 

      I want to browse the stacks. Why are the stacks off-limits?

      Since the start of the pandemic in March, the library has had to react quickly to the information needs of faculty, students and staff. When we turned on access to the HathiTrust Digital Library’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) in April the Library was able to make over 2 million books from our print collection (including copyright materials) available to the McGill community. Many of our items are protected by copyright law but are made available digitally on a temporary basis due to the involuntary closure of McGill Library. Under the terms of this temporary service, the only way we can legally continue to provide users with access to digital versions of books that are held on our shelves is to close the stacks to the public. McGill Library users can browse the e-resources collection and print collection via WorldCat Discovery. This temporary service gives all students, no matter where they are in the world, access to materials on our shelves. Without it, students who are not studying in the city, would not be able to access materials for their own research.

      How do I book an appointment and how far in advance do I need to book it?

      You can book one time slot per day up to one week in advance. If there are available seats, bookings can be made the day of, up to two hours in advance of the time slot. Walk-ins without a reservation are not permitted. Only the person who made the booking is permitted into space. You cannot book a seat on behalf of another person.

      Is there a limit on the number of appointments I can book (per week, per semester, at a time)?

      In order to ensure that all students who choose to study on campus have a chance to book a seat, space users can book one time slot per day but can book unlimited days per week. There are no other limits.

      Will I have computer/printing access?

      Printing is available in the Redpath Library and Law Library Study Hubs, but computers are not available at any hub. Students must book a seat in order to access the printer. After printing, please follow the on-site self-sanitation guidelines to keep the printer clean.

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